May 17, 2012

Tracksters Spread Out In Search For NCAA Berths

Hamline will be sending track and field competitors to three different locations in a last-second bid to get a place at the table at next week's NCAA Division III Championships. There is a change in the format this year for selecting individual qualifiers. The 20 men and 22 women in each individual event will be selected to compete. In theory, this means that no competitor is totally safe until the selections are announced Sunday, May 20.

Both championships are being held May 24-26 at Burns Stadium on the campus of Claremont-McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

The Pipers will compete in meets where their coaches felt they had the best chance of improving their results and cement a place among the nation's elite next week.

Throwers Brennan McKeag and Becky Culp are off to Augustana (lll.) to compete in that school's twilight meet May 18. McKeag sits a relatively safe ninth in the Hammer Throw but stands 17th in the Shot Put. Culp sits 10th in the Discus and 19th in the Shot Put.  (Two other women throwers --  Brenna Coyle and Shawny Kramer -- are ranked seventh and eighth respectively in the Hammer Throw. Both seem safe bets for next week's meet.)

The long distance runners -- Devin Monson, Jack Deichert and Ellis Richardson -- will be at North Central College in Naperville, Ill to run there May 17-18. Monson is ranked fourth in the 10,000 Meters and will likely head west in that event. But he currently stands 16th in the 5,000 Meter rankings. Deichert also sits 16th in the 1500 Meter category.  Richardson ranks 33rd in the 10,000 category.

A variety of sprinters, middle distance and Triple Jumper Ben Johnson are slotted to compete at Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Freddy Galloway is entered in the 200 meters and Ryan Petersen will go in the 1500 Meter races. On the women's side, Kaitlyn Frenchick (800 Meters) Maria Theisen (1500 Meters), and Dani Vitali (3000 Meter Steeplechase) May 17.